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Nooksack and other rivers now open for fall salmon fishing

Reaches of the Nooksack, Skagit and Stillaguamish rivers opened Monday, Sept. 1 for fall salmon fishing.

The Nooksack is available to personal use salmon fishers from the Lummi Nation boundary near Marine Drive upstream to a point behind the Mount Baker High School FFA barn at the school bus garages in Deming.  Anglers may keep two salmon each day plus two more coho for a total of four salmon. In September all non-adipose fin clipped chinook must be released.

This and other sections of the Nooksack also may be fished for trout and other gamefish under certain restrictions and still more of the Nooksack system above Deming will open for salmon at the first of October.

Salmon are now legal to take from the Skagit between the mouths of its various distributaries upstream to the Cascade River Road bridge at Marblemount. The daily Skagit salmon limit is four fish of which only two maybe wild or non-clipped coho. Anglers must release all chum and chinook.

Sections of the Sauk, Cascade, Whitechuck and Suiattle rivers as well as selected tributaries are also open for trout and other gamefish. The first .9 of a mile of the lower Cascade Rover will open for salmon (coho) at the middle of September.

The waters of the Stillaguamish from its distributary mouths upstream to the confluence of the north and south forks at Arlington are now open to the end of the year for the taking of coho salmon. Chum and chinook must be released.

Besides this lower main river reach, additional selected sections in the Stilly plus certain tribs are currently open or will open later this fall for trout and gamefish including steelhead.

Anglers should obtain a copy of the 2014-15 Fish Washington sportfishing pamphlet for all pertinent regulations governing recreational fishing in these and other waters plus information concerning required fishing licenses, endorsements and catch record cards.

Regulations for the above mentioned streams are found on pages 23-28 on the sport fishing rules.

Hard copies of the fishing regulations can be obtained at any Washington fishing and hunting license dealer or on line at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/. A listing of license dealers can be found at http://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/vendors/.